How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Suede

Two wine glasses and a bottle of red wine sit beside a bucket of grapes.
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What You'll Need
Dishwashing soap and hydrogen peroxide
Bowl or glass
Clean towels or rags
Regular table salt
Club soda

Everybody, at one time or another in life, is going to have to remove red wine stains from any of a number of different types of fabrics. Below are some steps for removing red wine stains from suede using three different cleaning agents.

Tip: No matter which method you choose, you should always test a small and unobtrusive portion of the material to be sure that your cleaning method won’t remove any color from the fabric.

Dishwashing Detergent and Hydrogen Peroxide

Three bottles of dish soap

A mix of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide can be applied directly to the stain to lift it from the fabric without causing any damage.

Step 1 - Mix Solution

Use a small bowl or glass to mix approximately half a cup of a gentle dish detergent, such as Dawn, and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Stir the solution gently to thoroughly combine the two ingredients.

Step 2 - Apply to Area

Using a towel or rag, liberally apply the mixture to the red wine stain and allow it to soak for a few minutes.

Step 3 - Dab, Don’t Rub

No matter the material you’re trying to clean, never rub to remove a stain. Instead, you should always dab at the red wine stain in order to soak it up. Rubbing will actually work the stain deeper into the fiber of the material instead of removing it. Once the color is removed, you can use a hair dryer to speed drying process.


A bowl of salt

Believe it or not, regular table salt can help clean red wine out of your suede fabrics.

Step 1 - Apply Salt

Table salt, when applied to a material that is still wet with red wine, will act similar to a sponge and soak up the liquid, pulling the stain out of the material. With a cloth, gently dab the granulated salt into the suede material.

Step 2 - Remove Stained Salt Granules

Once the salt has soaked up all of the red wine, it needs to be carefully brushed off of the material. Ideally, you will use a vacuum or other suction device to do this since it is the most efficient way to guarantee that all of the stained salt is gone.

Club Soda

A glass of sparkling water

Club soda can also be used to do the trick when you’re fighting to remove a red wine stain. Not to mention, it’s as cheap and easy to find as the rest of these cleaning agents.

Step 1 - Soak Stain With Soda

Liberally dampen a cloth with the club soda and then press it against the suede fabric, allowing the soda to soak in.

Step 2 - Blot Up Soda

After allowing the club soda to work and loosen the stain from the suede fibers, you need to carefully blot it up using a clean cloth. Again, use a dabbing or blotting action instead of rubbing or you will only end up grinding the red wine farther into the fibers of the suede; then, you will have no choice but to take the material to a professional for cleaning.